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The Black Rhinoceros is characterised by its sizeable frame and distinctive horns. This magnificent species is thought to have poor sight, but a good sense of smell and hearing, and is believed to live between 40 to 50 years of age.
Over time, the poaching of the animal for its horns has escalated and remains the creature’s greatest threat. The Black Rhinoceros is classified as critically endangered, and one subspecies, the Western Black Rhinoceros, was declared extinct by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources in 2011.
Political instability and wars have also severely hampered rhinoceros conservation work in Africa. This situation has exacerbated the trade in rhino horn and increased incidents of poverty-induced poaching. Habitat loss and changes have also contributed to the population’s decline. It is now more important than ever to safeguard the future of this unique species.
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